Reunification done right. This is a moving story.
Through the book there have been several attempts to reunify the nation of Israel since they split after Solomon. But they were all political or military attempts to regain the earthly glory of that time.
Now, with the northern kingdom under siege by Assyria, with people already being carted away into exile, they unify spiritually, based on their shared beliefs.
All of Judah, and a rag tag bunch of people from the north who responded to Hezekiah’s invitation gathered in Jerusalem for Passover.
I loved how they didn’t quite do it right, wrong month, couldn’t do some of the prior cleansing, but they realised God is ultimately interested in the heart.
I visualise those church services in war movies like Mrs Miniver, singing hymns in the bombed out church, faith during threat and adversity.
And it unleashed such a joy in the people, together praising God’s saving grace in a way not seen since Solomon’s time, and praying for the safety of those already taken away, that they spontaneously extended it for another week.
The King delivered huge amounts of food, meat he could probably barely afford.
An abundant feast, a burst of pure celebration of God in the hardest of times.
Gather together in what we share, God’s love. Don’t panic, celebrate.